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Mental health conditions might qualify for disability

Mental health conditions aren't often thought of as being able to qualify a person for disability. This isn't at all the case. You do have the possibility of qualifying if you can prove that you have a mental disability.

There are a few different ways to prove that you have a valid claim. One of the most important things that you can do is to attend all mental health counseling and treatments that you can to help your condition. This doesn't mean that you have to do everything that your therapists want you to do. You do have the right to deny treatments that you don't feel are suitable for your needs.

Your mental health records are important. These can be the cornerstone of your claim. When you file, you need to make sure that you are being forthcoming about where you are getting treatment. List every place and person that has provided treatment for the condition.

Another way that you can prove this is by showing how the condition is negatively impacting your life. This can be done in several ways, such as keeping a journal. Having witness statements and even video evidence of how the condition impacts your life might make a difference.

Because these conditions are often hard to prove, they might result in a denial of benefits. In these cases, you will likely have to file an appeal of the denial. This must be done quickly because there are strict time limits that apply. You should make sure you are complying with these to avoid having to start your claim from the beginning again.

Source: FindLaw, "How to Prove Disability If You Have a Mental Condition," Christopher Coble, Esq., accessed April 20, 2018

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